Desert Messenger

September 16, 2020

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WHAT'S INSIDE 2 License Renewals extended 2 National Preparedness Month 3 BBB grants 3 Meet The Candidates Oct. 10 4 Gardening With Dennis 5 The Salvation Army Updates 5 REAL ID update 6 Editorial 6 COVID-19 Updates 8 Hunger Action Month 8 2020 Census 9 Council Meeting Recap 11 BLM Permits online 12 How Good you've got it 12 Right Now... 13 In Memoriam 14 Classifeds 14 Paul Winer's Cartoon 15 HerbMama 15 Chamber fl yers • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 WEDNESDAY, September 16, 2020 VOL. 17 # 326 Now in our 1 6 t h YEAR! Alwa y s FREE! September BLM reopens LTVA for winter keep most BLM public lands in Arizona accessible during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing the public to have a place to be socially distant, together. We ap- preciate our visitors' cooperation in making this winter's LTVA sea- son a successful one." For more details visit or call 928-317-3200. Yuma- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Arizona is planning to offer normal services and facilities at the Long-Term Visitor Areas (LTVA) for the up- coming winter season. The LTVA season began on schedule on Sep- tember 15. The four La Posa LTVAs near Quartzsite (La Posa North, South, West, and Tyson Wash), and the Imperial Dam LTVA near Yuma are a popular winter tradi- tion for the visiting public. It may take a week or two to get all their facilities up and running up to ca- pacity, but "it will be business as usual." BLM asks everyone to do their part to ensure a successful LTVA season. BLM staff will continue moni- toring COVID-19 guidelines from state and local health offi - cials, and will adjust operations as needed to comply with those guidelines. According to a notice published on their website, BLM plans to maintain facilities and services as they do each year. LTVA visitors can be best prepared by bring- ing their own sanitation supplies such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. "We remind our visitors to fol- low the CDC's guidance to pre- vent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick. We continue to Parker, AZ - BlueWater Resort reopened Tuesday, September 14, after being closed for almost 6 months due to to COVID-19. Hours of Op- eration will be 7AM – 10PM. Know before you go: • They will re-open in phases with limited capacity, select gaming ma- chines, Table Games and Bingo closed in the initial re-opening. • Casino guests may park in the West Parking Lot. Handicap park- ing available. Valet and shuttle service will not be available until further notice. • There will be one entrance and one exit through the casino's Main Entrance. Bingo and Conference entrance will remain re- stricted. The entrance que line will begin on the West end of the valet porte-cochere. • The Casino will welcome guest 21 years or older without any exceptions. • Face coverings will be required for entry into the building. The fol- lowing are acceptable face coverings: LKN95/N95, surgical and other cloth face coverings that meet standardized protocols. No face cover- ings with ventilators, no bandanas, no neck gaiters allowed. Should you not have a face covering, staff will be happy to provide a compli- mentary face covering. • All guests will be greeted by security personnel and screened with thermal scanners at the casino entrance. Guests displaying any known COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, or a tem- perature higher than 100.4°F will be refused entry for the safety of guests and team members. • Select food & beverage items will be available at the RiverWalk Deli, Starbucks and Atrium Bar only. • Walk-up Full service available at the Atrium Bar. No bar to slot ser- vice available. • BlueWater Grille, River Willow and River's Edge Cantina will remain closed in our initial re-opening. • Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. • Hotel stays, Marina and Beach access, and dry camping are not avail- able until further notice. • The Gift Shop, Marina Shop, Conference or Catering services are not available until further notice. • No outdoor or indoor events until further notice. • For the latest updates, visit BlueWater Resort & Casino phased reopening

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